Season’s Greetings: Matthew Zorpas

An inspiration when I first discovered his singular style last year, and still an enduring inspiration today, Matthew Zorpas is next up to share his plans for the now imminent festive season. PR powerhouse, fashion lecturer, creative consultant and blogger, Zorpas’s seemingly tireless enthusiasm and keen eye for fashion’s fascinating as opposed to faddish has earned him legions of fans, and I’m proud to call myself one of them.

Male-Mode: What are your plans for Christmas and the holiday season?

I am traveling to Brazil this holiday season; spending Christmas and New Year’s in Rio!

What’s been the highlight of your year so far?

Launching The Gentleman Blogger was definitely the highlight for this year. The support that I received was truly unexpected and surprising.

If you could give one gift this year, what would it be?

Unlimited holiday tickets.

And if you could receive just one gift this year, what would that be?

One Walter Van Beirendonck suit.
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Season’s Greetings: Richard Kilroy

Not to sound like a codger recounting the past fondly, but I first came across exceptional fashion illustator Richard Kilroy’s work back in the Summer of 2009. And although I considered him and his work reasonably well established even at that point, he’s really made waves in the meantime.

Richard’s been featured so many times here, he hardly needs introduction and to gush any more here about his work would only be to repeat what I’ve said countless times before (here, here, oh and here too). Without further ado, I thank him for his generous time in collaborating, and wish him a very merry Christmas…

Male-Mode: What are your plans for Christmas and the holiday season?

Richard Kilroy: To go home to Liverpool for a week with the family and eat until it hurts every day. Also, to catch up with friends and get pissed on less than £20 on a night out.

What is, for you, the spirit of Christmas?

Christmas is a time to indulge with those around you and enjoy it without guilt. I love catching up with everyone back home. I see Christmas as more of a celebration of the year than New Year’s Eve itself. In fact, I fucking hate New Year’s Eve.

What’s been the highlight of your year so far?

Oh god, there have been a few! The big one has been putting my book together, which has meant meeting and getting to know so many prolific illustrators; the final line-up is looking incredible.

Receiving invaluable help and mentoring from Richard Gray (the illustrator, not the journalist) whom I have the upmost respect for.

This one is a little self-involved but seeing David Downton and Julie Verhoeven mention me in interviews as their illustrator to watch – pretty surreal moments for a fanboy who has followed them for years.

Going to my first menswear shows and seeing the palaver that goes with it.

Tutoring drawing classes for the first time at the Royal College of Art and working with so many incredible talents. Also, many late night conversations on Facebook chat with Tara Dougans. We’re both emerging illustrators and friends so we’re always gossiping, bitching, and relating over everything that we’re doing.

If you could give just one gift this year, what would it be?

Fuck knows.

And if you could receive just one gift this year, what would that be?

A two week holiday. Or calf implants. Or funding for the next issue of Decoy.
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Season’s Greetings: Jonathan Daniel Pryce

If there’s been one topic I’ve found myself writing about a ridiculous number of times to mention this year, it’s beards. No stranger to a hairy face, award-winning photographer Jonathan Daniel Pryce is partially responsible. Following the success of his recent 100 Beards project, this remarkable photographer, seasoned blogger and creative digital marketing mastermind barely needs introduction. Here’s what he’s thinking for the holidays…

Male-Mode: What are your plans for Christmas and the holiday season?

Jonathan Daniel Pryce: I’ve not been back to the City of Light since I moved from there to London so it’ll be lovely to see friends, eat great food, and relax. Paris is such a beautiful city, so last Christmas I just cycled around the empty streets with friends. It was truly magical, so I’m probably going to do something similar this year.

What’s been the highlight of your year so far?

There have been two highlights really. The first was winning my Scottish Fashion Award in June for Photographer of the Year; that really was a special moment for me. Following on from that, the success of my 100 Beards project where I photographed a new bearded man every day for 100 days.

The blog received so much attention from readers and press, which has led to me doing exhibitions in London and Austria, as well as publishing my first hardback photo-book. 2012 has really been quite an incredible year!

If you could give just one gift this year, what would it be?

Well, of course if I had enough copies it would have to be my 100 Beards, 100 Days book, one to everyone I know. But since I only did 250 in the first edition, it’d be a little tight.

And if you could receive just one gift this year, what would that be?

It would be to have all of my friends and family together in one room for one afternoon. There are too many seen, too little.
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